Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2014

Carvalho: I could join United

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William Carvalho has become the latest player to admit that he could be a Manchester United player next season, although is keen to wait until the end of the season before making a decision.

"It's nice being praised and to know there are some big clubs interested in me," he said. "It could be Manchester United or Real Madrid.

Kroos: United the club of my dreams

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The rumours linking Toni Kroos have gathering pace over the past few weeks, with the player's contract talks with club Bayern Munich hitting a stumbling block.

As it stands, Kroos is some way down the pecking order with his salary at the German champions. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are reportedly the top earners on £165k-a-week, followed by Bastian Schweinsteiger on £135k, Philipp Lahm on £120k, then Mario Götze on £115k.

Mata: United one of the biggest clubs in the world

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Juan Mata has insisted that, whilst this season might be a write off, United will be back competing for the title next season.

"I think Man Utd is always going to be fighting for every title," Mata said. "This season in the Premier League we were not winning that well earlier in the season, but I think next year and the years coming this team is going to fight for every title.

The Month: The longest February in existence

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There was no The Month in January for three reasons: it was, admittedly, forgotten about until fairly late, then there was the lack of time anyway, because you know how busy people are, and, finally, perhaps most importantly, oh god, please don't make me do this. Look at all those commas.

Where it all started to go wrong for Moyes

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When Manchester United appointed David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, most supporters were fairly surprised, given that the former Everton manager hadn't won a single trophy and had never managed a side in the Champions League.

Whilst finding a manager with a CV that matched Ferguson's was impossible, the difference in quality between the two men was incredible, despite claims from some sections of the press that they were "cut from the same cloth".

RvP and Chicharito clarify media frenzy

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You can tell United aren't doing very well at the moment purely based on the amount of bogus, shit-stirring stories about us in the press.

Following United's defeat against Olympaikos, the headlines suggested that Robin van Persie had blamed the result on his team mates.

"Sometimes I try to find ways to do more but in the areas I wanted to play, my team-mates were often there.

United We Stand: Andy Mitten’s Greatest Away Days

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Andy Mitten is the founder of the fanzine ëUnited We Standë, now in its 25th year. Having seen Manchester United play in 43 countries he has a wealth of away day stories, from Bilbao to that night in Barcelona. Here he recounts some of his more memorable trips with the travelling Red Army for Enterprise Rent-a-Carís online magazine.

POLL: How long does Moyes have left?

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online poll by Opinion Stage



Remember the good ol’ days…

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If you're in need of cheering up, RoM has managed to get a 20% off code from Campo Retro, meaning you can buy one of the shirts from the good ol' days for as little as £16.

Simply use the code ROM20 when checking out for your discount. Deal runs until midnight on Friday.

The dangers of complacency

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In 2005, the England cricket team won a test series against Australia for the first time in 18 years. The rivalry between the two nations is the fiercest in the sport and an Ashes series usually makes for compelling viewing. Almost two decades is an awfully long time to consistently come second in a two-horse race, and the English playerscelebratedvictory in arguably cricket's greatest ever series with reckless abandon.

PICTURE: Carrick’s wife has a pop at Keane on Twitter

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Following United's embarrassing defeat against Olympiakos Michael Carrick gave an interview. Roy Keane, who was working as a pundit for ITV, claimed the interview was just like the performance tonight, "flat".

Carrick's wife took to Twitter to respond to Keane's claims, before later deleting the tweet.

LIVE BLOG: Olympiacos vs United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Olympiakos vs United

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DeGea, Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, RvP

Olympiakos vs United – October 10th 2001

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October 10th 2001
Olympiakos 0-2 Manchester United

Olympiakos (4-2-3-1): Eleftheropoulos; Patsatzoglou, Bermudez, Anatolakis, Venetidis; Karembeu, Kostoulas; Giannakopoulos, Zetterberg, Djordevic (Alexandris, 81min); Giovanni.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Barthez; G Neville, Johnsen, Blanc, Irwin (Silvestre, 89); Keane, Veron (Cole, 80); Beckham, Scholes, Giggs; Van Nistelrooy (Solskjaer, 85).

United vs Olympiakos – October 23rd 2001

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October 23rd 2001
United 3-0 Olympiakos

Manchester United (4-4-1-1) : Barthez; G Neville, Blanc, Brown, Irwin; Beckham, Butt (Solskjaer, 71), Veron, Giggs; Scholes; Van Nistelrooy.

Olympiakos Piraeus (4-4-2) : Eleftheropoulos; Mavrogenidis (Poursanidis, h-t), Amanatidis, Anatolakis, Kontis; Giannakopoulos (Roberts, 83), Karembeu, Patsatzoglou, Djordjevic; Ofori Quaye; Alexandris (Alvez, 61)

The Guardian
Manchester United walked a tightrope to the second round of the Champions League here last night but at least this time nobody sent in the clowns.

United vs Olympiakos – October 1st 2002

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October 1st 2002
United 4-0 Olympiakos

Manchester United (4-4-1-1): Barthez; G Neville, Ferdinand, Blanc (O'Shea 67), Silvestre; Beckham, Butt, Veron, Giggs (Fortune, 67); Scholes (Forlan 77); Solskjaer.

Olympiakos (4-5-1): Eleftheropoulos; Amanatidis (Patsatzoglou 72), Antzas, Anatolakis, Venetidis; Giannakopoulos (Edu Dracena h-t), Karembeu, Ze Elias, Djordjevic; Zetterberg, Oforiquaye (Alexandris 59).

Olympiakos vs United – October 23rd 2002

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October 23rd 2002
Olympiakos 2-3 United

UEFA report
Olympiakos in danger
The English side maintained their advantage at the top of Group F and lead second-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who defeated Maccabi Haifa 2-1 in the other match of the section, by six points.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about how we may line up against Olympiakos.

Scott writes for The Metro about David Moyes' comments about the Champions League and Liverpool.

The Busby Babe has a look in detail at Rooney's impact at United.

The Guardian talks about Olympiakos' coach.

Rooney takes over United’s Instagram account

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"This is a memorable image, taken after I scored my hat-trick goal. Here I am celebrating with some United legends: Ruud, Gary and Giggsy."

"Winning my first title was one of the best feelings ever. Here I am lifting the cup with Ronny, Edwin and Smithy."

"Winning the Champions League was a dream come true.

RoM Reaction to Rooney’s new contract

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Last season, Wayne Rooney's form became so poor, by his own high standards, that Sir Alex Ferguson dropped him. He was left out of the starting line-up for our biggest game of the season at home to Real Madrid, a decision that was working well for us until the referee's scandalous decision to send Nani off, and it wasn't that surprising.

PICTURE: Van Persie posts picture to celebrate win

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Following United's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, Robin van Persie posted a picture of him celebrating with Juan Mata.

LIVE BLOG: Crystal Palace vs United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Crystal Palace vs United

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De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Carrick, Fellaini; Mata, Rooney, Januzaj; van Persie.

Bench: Lindegaard, Valencia, Fletcher, Giggs, Kagawa, Young, Hernandez.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Parr, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Ince, Chamakh, Murray.

Bench: Hennessey, Gabbidon, Dikgacoi, Bannan, Bolasie, Gayle, Jerome.

Rooney hints that managerial change convinced him to stay

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Towards the end of last season, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Wayne Rooney had asked to leave the club. Whilst Rooney's representatives strenuously deny that a transfer request was handed in, there has never been any denials that a conversation matching Ferguson's description took place. Ferguson later claimed that an official request wasn't handed in as they would ensure he missed out on "loyalty payments" if sold.

Why are the press linking Cantona masks to fan’s death?

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This morning, ahead of United's game against Crystal Palace, Phil Neville posted a picture of Eric Cantona on Instagram. What's the link? Cantona attacked a Palace fan who verbally abused him, calling him a "motherfucker" and telling him to "fuck off back to France".

Turns out Simmons had been on BNP and National Front rallies, and had attacked Sri Lankan-born Lewis Rajanayagam with a three-foot spanner.

CONFIRMED: Rooney signs new deal

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Manchester United have confirmed that Wayne Rooney has extended his contract with the club.

"I am made up to be staying at United," he said. "In August I will have been at the club for 10 years and during that time I have played with some fantastic players and won everything that I hoped I would when I first signed.

Crystal Palace ban Cantona masks

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Selhurst Park, 25 January 1995, 9.00pm. The moment one of the most shocking events on an English football pitch was witnessed, as Eric Cantona hurled himself in to the crowd to karate kick a fan.

Cantona had been sent off and Matthew Simmons, a member of the National Front, came forward 11 rows to shout abuse at our striker.

PICTURE: Mata poses with Januzaj on train to London

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Juan Mata has posted a picture with team mate Adnan Januzaj on the train on their way down to London for this weekend's game against Crystal Palace.

Moyes’ odd dig at the Premier League

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David Moyes started the season by criticising the Premier League's fixture list, suggesting that United's opening fixtures had intentionally been made more difficult. In the opening few weeks of the season, we played Liverpool and City away, as well as Chelsea at home.

Whilst difficult fixtures could have explained our poor start to the season, it's clear that the manager and players have to take responsibility for the points they've dropped since then and the position they now find themselves in.

Moyes denies that Rooney’s contract has been finalised

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Earlier today, reports claimed that Wayne Rooney's £300k-a-week deal had been agreed upon, after finally ironing out a few snags over image rights.

In his press conference today, David Moyes has denied that to be the case.

"When we have news we'll tell you. He's a terrific player. If we can get it done it'll be great.

Queiroz: United are my team

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Carlos Queiroz, who made all the difference to United's second most successful season in the club's history when we won the league and European Cup double in 2008, has argued that David Moyes needs more time.

"The success of Manchester United was based on a couple of principles," he said. "The first thing was it had a good foundation of consistency, continuity, trust and confidence.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about who is to blame for United's current position.

By Far The Greatest Team wonders whether giving Rooney a new contract is a good idea.

The Daily Mail discusses United's interest in Kroos.

The Guardian claims Rooney's image rights demands are holding up contract agreement.

TOP 5: Most disappointing Manchester United seasons

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For most United fans on the internet, they're too young to really the leanest periods of the club's history. Munich, for them, is an anniversary to be marked rather than a visceral tug at the heart. The miserable times as United tried to replace Matt Busby sound like an aberration, a time served out by others as the countdown to Fergie Time began.

PICTURES: Januzaj as a kid

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Alves: Only heard of one team in Manchester

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Ahead of Barcelona's game against Manchester City, defender Dani Alves had confessed he didn't even know City existed a few years ago.

"I didn't realise until about five years ago that Manchester had two teams,' said Alves. 'Of course Manchester United have been one of the most famous and successful clubs in Europe for many years but I thought they were the only one.

PICTURES: United squad meet Diego Maradona in Dubai

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Juan Mata, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Phil Neville, Adnan Januzaj, Rio Ferdinand, Shinji Kagawa and Alexander Buttner posted pictures of themselves with Diego Maradona on their Instagram accounts.

Mata: Couldn’t turn down one of the biggest clubs in the world

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It appears as though United fans weren't the only ones who couldn't quite believe that Juan Mata was moving to Old Trafford, with the player himself not realising the interest was anything more than paper talk.

"I knew there was an interest, although I didn't realise it was true until the two clubs started talking to each other," he revealed.

Mata: Manchester is beautiful

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In an interview with French TV channel, Canal+, Juan Mata has spoken about settling in to life at Manchester United.

"I've already had a tour around the city," he said. "The other day I was having dinner with David Silva and he recommended a couple of places to me. I think there are several beautiful places in this city and now I get to discover another city in England.

Mata: We can still make top 4

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United's draws with Fulham and Arsenal, combined with Liverpool's injury time win against Fulham, all but confirmed that the reds won't be playing Champions League football next season.

Juan Mata, who has just returned from warm weather training in Dubai, has claimed that the players haven't given up on climbing the table though.

Pique: United over City for me

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Gerard Pique attended a press conference this evening ahead of Barcelona's Champions League game against City. It is the first time in their club's history that City will play in a Champions League knock-out game.

"Manchester is a very special place for me," he said. "I arrived here when I was 17, I was still a kid.

Pellegrini reckons City are bigger than United

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At Manuel Pellegrini's press conference ahead of City's game against Barcelona, he has claimed that City are now a bigger club than United.

"The biggest team is City now, but we cannot forget the last few years," he claimed.

There's no denying that City are better than United this season, given that they are 3rd in the table and we're 7th, but it's absolutely ludicrous for him to claim that City are bigger.

RoM App

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The Republik of Mancunia finally has an app for your iPhone/iPad, which will provide you with the latest articles on RoM, transfer rumours, the forum and the RoM Twitter feed. The app is obviously free and it would be great if you could rate it 5*.

The Android app is still available.

Can Meulensteen return?

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News broke yesterday that Rene Meulensteen has been replaced at Fulham as manager by Felix Magath, the German manager who won the league with Wolfsburg a few years ago.

"We had an extensive meeting on Monday afternoon as our meetings have been very good throughout," Meulensteen told Sky Sports about his relationship with the chief exec.

Will Moyes change?

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Sacking David Moyes at this stage in the season serves no purpose, even if United find themselves in a position that is well below expectation. Whether you think he definitely isn't up to the job or you believe he deserves more time to turn things around, it is undeniable that at present, he is not doing well enough.

LIVE BLOG: Arsenal vs United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Arsenal vs United

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De Gea, Da Silva, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Valencia, Rooney, Mata, van Persie.

Bench: Ferdinand Hernandez Young Buttner Fellaini Januzaj Lindegaard

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky, Cazorla, Ozil, Giroud

Bench: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Sanogo, Bendtner

RoM Reads

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Scott talks to BT Sport about tonight's game against Arsenal.

ManUtd.com has an interview with Scholes about this season.

The Independent looks at Rooney vs Ozil.

The Guardian talks about Moyes' tactics.

The Evening News reports on Vidal's new deal with Juventus.

Cleverley: I love this club as much as the fans

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Tom Cleverley is the latest homegrown product that Manchester United fans (on the internet) have chosen to single out for criticism. It's important to remember that at Old Trafford and away from home, Cleverley doesn't get booed or jeered, but on Twitter and online football forums, United fans talk about him with real hatred.

RoM Reads

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Scott talks to The Telegraph about Moyes' problems.

Scott writes for The Metro about Rooney as future captain.

Scott writes for Bleacher Report on the risky tactics Moyes could employ for Arsenal.

The Guardian reports on Roy Keane's claim that United have cut corners in the transfer market.

PICTURE: Zaha has a pop at Moyes on Instagram

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Mentally soft? Don’t do it Dave!

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Following United's dismal 2-2 draw with Fulham, yet another occasion when points have been dropped against one of the worst teams in the league, David Moyes claimed they were mentally soft.

"Today was as bad as it gets," he said. "How we didn't win, I have no idea. It's goals that count.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Fulham

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De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Mata, Carrick, Fletcher, Young; Rooney, van Persie.

Bench: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa, Januzaj, Hernandez.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about how Moyes might line up the team against Fulham.

The Guardian discusses Vidic's exit.

The Independent reports on Phil Neville's support of the singing section.

The Daily Mail talks about Rooney's contract talks.

The Mirror reports on our warm-weather training trip to Dubai.

The Time Is Right For Vidic To Leave

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Nemanja Vidic didn't take long to become a popular figure amongst Manchester United fans thanks to his no-nonsense approach to the game. He loved putting his foot in, was no stranger to a "cheeky" elbow and shirt pull and would stand toe to toe to any opposition player. He was nails and we loved him for it.

Vidic confirms United exit

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With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, captain Nemanja Vidic has confirmed that he will be leaving when this campaign finishes.

"It's the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here. My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career.

Flowers of Manchester

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Today marks the 56th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster in which 23 people lost their lives, including 8 United players.

Lest we forget.

Berba: Evra told me to go to Monaco

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Dimitar Berbatov joined Monaco in loan during the January transfer window and said that it was his former team mate, Patrice Evra, who convinced him to go.

"I spoke about it with Evra, he really told me a lot of good about this team," said Berbatov. "Not everyone comes to the stadium, but the team is in second place and for the moment is achieving its objective of qualifying for the Champions League.

Januzaj: My chant makes me very happy

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Adnan Januzaj has been voted Player of the Month for the second time this season by the fans, following more impressive from the teenager in January.

"I would like to thank all of the fans, my team-mates and the coaches," he told ManUtd.com. "I am very happy with this trophy and I hope it is not the last one.

Ando: I love United and I never said players want to leave

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This week, an interview with Anderson made the headlines, with newspapers claiming that many of his team mates wanted to leave the club like he had done.

The impression given was that United were in such a desperate situation that others wanted to jump ship, but when you read what he actually said, it was obvious there had been quite a lot of spin.

How do our youth teams look in comparison to City’s?

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The last week or so has seen both our U-21 and U-18 play home games against our rich neighbours from across town. That gave us an opportunity to see how we compared to a team that is throwing money at all levels of the club.

First up was the U-21, played at Salford. Before the game both team were level on points in 7th and 8th positions in the league, both trying to close the gap on leaders Fulham and get into the semi final positions

The game started brightly for United with just 2 minutes on the clock before a great chance was created.

MUST Support Teenage Section at Old Trafford

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A few weeks ago a petition was launched to try and bring in a section at Old Trafford just for teenagers. The idea was that the tickets would be cheap and that they could pay for them on the gate.

The thinking behind this idea is that young people contribute to better atmospheres at the football and also to encourage the next generation of match-going reds, with the average age of football fans who can afford to go to games rising to 40+.

PICTURE: City’s stand of United banners

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A picture emerged from the Etihad this evening during City's home defeat against Chelsea.

The first banner was of David Moyes, the second of Phil Jones and the third of Sir Alex Ferguson.

So City fans have as many banners for our previous and current manager as we do. Nice one.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Stoke vs United

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De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley; Young, Rooney, Mata; van Persie.

Bench: Lindegaard, Rafael, Valencia, Fletcher, Januzaj, Hernandez, Welbeck.

Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Pieters; Odemwingie, Whelan, Adam, Arnautovic, Walters; Crouch

Bench: Sorensen, Muniesa, Palacios, Guidetti, Assaidi, Shotton, Ireland.

Talking to Gary Neville about the Glazers

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Yesterday, Gary Neville was critical of prospective new Leeds owner, Massimo Cellino, who has sacked the manager and was then the cause of protests by the fans outside Elland Road.

The word Neville used to describe Cellino was "imposter". Whilst it's admirable to see Neville speaking out on behalf of the fan, it is unsurprising that his comments caused quite a reaction amongst United fans.